Long time no rant. Allow me to fix that.
United States Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is somewhat peeved at the city of Berkeley, California. Peeved enough in fact to prompt him to propose pulling ALL FEDERAL FUNDING from the city, immediately, if not sooner. What has Senator DeMint so hosed off anyway?
Apparrently, the Moonbat Council in the City of Berkeley decided that the United States Marine Corps recruiting station was no longer welcome within the City of Berekely. The council also voted to give one of the Marine recruitment office's parking spaces to the group 'Code Pink' once a week, along with giving the 'Code Pinkers' a permit for an amplified sound protest on the same day.
Now, I'm sure the loonies on the city council have a nice warm, fuzzy, feeling for telling the big, bad, Marines they can't promote their 'illegal unjust war' in their city. Good for them. UNFORTUNATELY for them, it's sort of illegal for them to try and tell a Federal office where they can and can't locate themselves, much less give away parking spaces which the Federal Government is leasing from the property owner. I'm sure this will end well for the city council, especially since they don't seem to be following the interests of their constituents all that closely:
Fortunately for the Berkeley City Council, the Marines are taking a kinder, gentler stance on this issue than I would prefer.
Even though the council items passed, not everyone is happy with the work of Code Pink. Some employees and owners of businesses near the Marines office have had enough of the group and its protests.
"My husband's business is right upstairs, and this (protesting) is bordering on harassment," Dori Schmidt told the council. "I hope this stops."
An employee of a nearby business who asked not to be identified said Wednesday the elderly Code Pink protesters are aggressive, take up parking spaces, block the sidewalk with their yoga moves, smoke in the doorways, and are noisy.
"Most of the people around here think they're a joke," the woman said.
The Marine official, speaking with FOX News on Friday, said Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway scoffed at the news, but there are no plans for to protest the City Council's decisions. There are definitely no plans to move the recruiting station either.
"To actually put something into law that encourages the disruption of a federal office is ridiculous. They are not going to kick a federal office out of its rightful place there, and this is not going to discourage those young patriots who want to be Marines," the official said.
Were it my decision, I'd have sent in a couple of Companies of Marines to test the iron will and steely resolve of the council members. I'm sure that the problems would be resolved quickly...